Ousted Fox Information host Tucker Carlson and Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy attacked GOP candidate Nikki Haley on Wednesday for her hawkish conflict positions and accused her of being a “puppet” of the political institution in Washington.
In an interview with Ramaswamy posted on X, previously Twitter, Carlson railed in opposition to Haley and accused her of being precisely like Democratic donors — pointing particularly to her unwavering dedication to Ukraine because it fights Russia and to Israel because it fights Hamas, the US-designated terrorist group that governs the Gaza Strip.
“In case you’re a Democratic mega donor, this can be a very powerful second for you. Your candidate goes to lose,” Carlson mentioned, referring to President Biden’s poor polling efficiency in current months.
Carlson then mentioned Democratic donors should as a substitute be turning to Haley, the previous governor of South Carolina and United Nations Ambassador within the Trump administration.
“So what do you do? Nicely, in case you’re good, possibly you subvert the opposite social gathering. Perhaps you again a Republican candidate who’s really a Democrat whose priorities are an identical to yours. And naturally, they discovered one, her identify is Nikki Haley,” Carlson mentioned, pointing to her purported help for “limitless neocon wars.”
“Strip away all of the outward traits, and Nikki Haley is an identical in her priorities to Joe Biden and the individuals who again Joe Biden,” he added.
Within the interview, Ramaswamy supported Carlson’s conclusion however claimed the help that Haley is seeing — which Carlson claimed to be Democratic in nature — was really bipartisan and included Republican relics of the Bush-Cheney period.
All of these individuals, Ramaswamy mentioned, had been utilizing Haley as a puppet as a way to defeat Trump.
“I feel the true puppet masters, the factor about them, is that they’re essentially nonpartisan in nature,” Ramaswamy mentioned. “There’s a couple of issues they care about: Maintaining the international conflict machine buzzing is excessive on the record. Maintaining the executive state’s management of america can also be excessive on the record. They discovered a way more handy puppet throughout the Republican Get together itself.”
“It’s not Biden, and it’s not even Gavin Newsom. It’s Nikki Haley throughout the Republican Get together itself,” he continued. “And I feel that that makes for a really handy entrance man as a result of then they really have absolved themselves from any allegations of partisanship or Democratic partisanship in opposition to Donald Trump.”
Haley has not too long ago seen a bump within the polls, with a mean of 11.3 p.c in nationwide GOP major polls, in keeping with Choice Desk HQ. In second place nationally, she not too long ago surpassed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s nationwide polling common of 11 p.c. Trump nonetheless leads with 64.1 p.c help and Ramaswamy has 4.4 p.c help.
Haley has been the goal of Ramaswamy’s ire for months however had largely averted dealing with sharp criticism from different candidates or extreme scrutiny from media earlier than her current recognition enhance.
Haley’s unwavering help for Ukraine and Israel, as they struggle their respective wars in opposition to Russia and Hamas, has differentiated her from another main GOP candidates who maintain extra isolationist international coverage views.
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